Samantha Hurst

Investment Platform For Equitable Development Projects Blueprints Launches Crowdcube Round to Raise £950,000 in Funding

Blueprints, a UK-based investment platform for equitable development projects, is now seeking £950,000 through its new equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. Founded in 2016, Blueprints’ mission is to empower the growth of developing regions by providing citizens globally with the tools to build equitable societies in a… Read More

UK Digital Platform WorldLabs Now Seeking £400,000 Through Seedrs Funding Round

WorldLabs, a UK-based digital platform that connects innovators around the world, is now seeking 400,000 through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. Launched in mid-2018, WorldLabs revealed that thousands of innovators have already joined its platform to apply for funding contests along with connecting with other… Read More

Ford Motor Company, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem, & RCS Global Launch Blockchain Pilot to Address Strategic Mineral Supply Chains Concerns

Ford Motor Company, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem, and RCS Global announced earlier this week they are using blockchain technology to trace and validate ethically sourced minerals as a way to support human rights and environmental protection while helping infuse more transparency into global mineral supply… Read More

BitTorrent Unveils New Token & Announces Blockchain Application Software “BitTorrent Speed”

BitTorrent, Inc., a peer-to-peer protocols and products firm, announced expected release for BitTorrent Speed and its new crypto token, which will create a blockchain application for speedy uploading and downloading of files. According to BitTorrent, BitTorrent Speed is software that connects and rewards users with BitTorrent (BTT) tokens…. Read More

Chinese P2P Lender Hexindai Announces Investor Insurance Coverage Agreement with Shanxi Zhengxuan Finance Guarantee

Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform Hexindai (NASDAQ: HX) announced on Friday it signed a cooperation agreement with Shanxi Zhengxuan Finance Guarantee Co., Ltd., which reportedly is controlled by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), to provide investors on its platform with insurance coverage that… Read More

Square Introduces Debit Card for Businesses

Payment process platform Square announced on Thursday the launch of its new debit cards for businesses. Square reported that the Square Card is a free business debit card designed to help business owners more effectively manage cash flow by providing immediate access to their balance, which is… Read More

Alternative Small Business Finance Provider Capify Receives £75 Million Credit Facility From Goldman Sachs

Capify, a UK-based alternative small business financing provider, announced on Thursday it received a £75 million credit facility from Goldman Sachs Private Capital to support its future growth plans and provide working capital to thousands of Australian and British small businesses. Launched in 2008, Capify describes itself… Read More

Fundrise Delivers More Than $5.9 Million In Dividends During Fourth Quarter 2018

Fundrise, a real estate platform that leverages Reg A+ to offer access to investments for both accredited and non-accredited investors, announced on Thursday it distributed more than $5.9 million in dividends during the fourth quarter of 2018. The funding portal revealed investors earned more than… Read More

Wirecard Signs Cooperation Agreement With Watch Manufacturer Swatch

Germany-based global provider of digital payments and commerce solutions Wirecard announced on Thursday it has signed a cooperate agreement with watch brand, Swatch. Wirecard reported that in the future, consumers will be able to install fully digital, contactless payment solutions as an app in Switzerland and later… Read More

Crypto Platform Ethos Announces Universal Wallet Update; Now Enables Users to Buy With Simplex & Conduct Coin Swaps With ShapeShift

Singapore-based cryptocurrency services platform Ethos announced earlier this week it has released a new update for its Universal Wallet, v1.6. According to Ethos, the update significantly builds on the existing ability to store, send and receive more than 140 coins/tokens, now enabling users to buy crypto with… Read More

Australia-Based ReadyFundGo Launches Crowdfunding Academy

ReadyFundGo, a crowdfunding platform that claims to be Australia’s own Kickstarter, announced earlier this month the launch of its new project, Crowdfunding Academy. The Academy offers a series of workshops, webinars, and live events. Those who participate in the Academy  will experience the following: Get introduced… Read More

Blockspring Team to Join Coinbase

Blockspring, a U.S.-based financial service startup, announced this week its team will be joining Coinbase. Speaking about joining Coinbase, CEO and Co-Founder, Paul Katsen, revealed in a blog post: “Back in summer 2014, Jason, Don, and I launched a tool for developers to easily build APIs without needing to… Read More

KeyBank to Acquire Online Lending Business Laurel Road

KeyBank National Association announced on Wednesday KeyBank and Laurel Road Bank have entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition by Key of Laurel Road’s digital lending business. KeyBank reported that through the acquisition it will enhance its digital capabilities with customer-centric technology. According to… Read More

Swift Announces New Pay Later API Standard to Increase Payment Choice For Consumers

SWIFT, a global member-owned cooperative and provider of secure financial messaging services, announced on Wednesday it has launched new “Pay Later” API standard, increasing payment choice for consumers. SWIFT reported that as part of an industry collaboration involving banks, merchants and technology providers, it has… Read More

Regtech Startup Theta Lake Secures $5 Million Through Seed Funding Round Led By Neotribe Ventures

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Theta Lake, a U.S.-based compliance artificial intelligence (AI) for video, voice, and unified digital communication firm, announced on Wednesday it secured $5 million through its latest seed funding round, which was led by Neotribe Ventures. Founded in 2017, Theta Lake provides a purpose-built product suite for automatic… Read More

MetLife Opens Applications For Second MetLife Digital Accelerator Program

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) announced that applications are now open for the second MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars. The insurance giant revealed that the MetLife Digital Accelerator identifies and mentors startups around the globe that are developing transformational capabilities and potentially industry-disrupting technologies in… Read More

BANKEX Teams Up With Digital Trust Fund to Develop Uzbekistan’s Digital Economy

Global fintech BANKEX announced on Wednesday it has formed a new partnership with Digital Trust Fund, a foundation established to support and develop Uzbekistan’s digital economy. BANKEX reported that the partnership allows it to facilitate the introduction of blockchain technology to all government agencies in Uzbekistan in order to… Read More

Temenos Launches Two New Cloud-Native Cloud-Agnostic Products to Accelerate Cloud Adoption

Banking software company Temenos announced on Wednesday the launch of its two new cloud-native, cloud-agnostic products, Temenos Infinity and Temenos T24 Transact. According to the company, these two products are to help accelerate cloud adoption and will combine complete banking functionality in the market, leveraging… Read More

BitGo Partners With Genesis Global Trading to Provide Clients With Trade Digital Asset Abilities

Blockchain software firm BitGo announced on Wednesday it has formed a partnership with Genesis Global Trading, an over-the-counter digital currency trading firm, to provide clients with the ability to trade digital assets directly from BitGo custody. BitGo reported that through the integration BitGo Trust clients may easily execute… Read More

German SME Lender creditshelf Appoints Dr. Gregor Heinrich As New CTO

creditshelf AG, a digital SME financing lender in Germany, announced on Tuesday it has appointed Dr. Gregor Heinrich as Chief Technology Officer. According to creditshelf, Dr. Gregor Heinrich has more than 10 years’ experience as a CTO, with most recently at Stonebranch, a mid-size provider of… Read More

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